Ms. Leah B. Moody is a native of Rock Hill who graduated from NHS in 1988. She earned her bachelor’s degree in political science from Hampton University and a Juris Doctorate from University of South Carolina School of Law.
In 2004, Ms. Moody opened her firm to provide legal services in the Rock Hill and surrounding communities. Her goal was to provide services to a community that gave so much to her as a child. She has served the Rock Hill and York County communities for nearly twelve years through her law firm and civic activities.
Ms. Moody has 14 years plus of government and private practice experience that include government, civil litigation and criminal defense in both federal and state courts including the South Carolina Administrative Law Court. She has represented small towns, non-profit and for-profit organizations, and agencies regarding various matters such as contract disputes, FIOA compliance, annexations, drafting and negotiating contracts, intergovernmental agreements, grant monitoring/compliance, procurement, certification processes, state ethics, and town administration. Also, Ms. Moody has represented clients in worker’s compensation, personal injury, and criminal proceedings in federal and state courts.
Prior to 2004, Ms. Moody was an associate attorney at Rhinehart, Matthews, Schiller, Shaw and Reeves, LLC. She was appointed and served at the pleasure of the Honorable South Carolina Governor James H. Hodges as his Deputy Legal Counsel. Prior to accepting her appointment from Governor Hodges, Ms. Moody served as a staff attorney to the Senate Judiciary Committee of the South Carolina Senate, chaired by the late Honorable Don Holland. She began her career as Assistant Solicitor in Richland County Solicitor’s Office handling prosecution in magistrate’s and general sessions courts.
Ms. Moody has actively been involved in professional and community service. In 2009, Ms. Moody was appointed to serve as the 16th Judicial Circuit Trustee for the University of South Carolina and was elected to a full term in April 2010. In April 2016, Ms. Moody was re-elected as the 16th Judicial Circuit Trustee. Governor Haley, with the advice and consent of the Senate, appointed Ms. Moody to the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education representing the South Carolina Research Universities- Clemson, MUSC and USC in 2011 through 2014. Currently, she is the President of the South Carolina Black Lawyers’ Association.
Ms. Moody has served on numerous boards and committees including the South Carolina Bar Board of Governors, the Upstate YMCA Wellness and Aquatics Center, the City of Rock Hill Zoning Board, and the Rock Hill School District Foundation Board. She has also served as Chair of the South Carolina Bar Young Lawyers Association and as the Young Lawyer Director of Diversity for the American Bar Association.
Ms. Moody resides in Rock Hill and enjoys skiing, working out, shopping, and eating. She is the youngest of the Moody siblings.